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Images show threat as Aleutian refuge faces spill

Steve Ebbert of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge recently posted some photos of the grounded freighter Selendang Ayu, off Unalaska -- some of which show spilled fuel. Earlier today, the Associated Press reported that the spill could take months to clean up and threatens sensitive wildlife on the western side of Unalaska Island in the Aleutian chain.

According to the AP, the freighter was carrying 480,000 gallons of heavy bulk fuel and another 21,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Rescuers were still seeking six crewmembers Friday.

In addition to the photos at the unofficial Web site maintained by Ebbert (link follows), see also the AP story at the Anchorage Daily News and the Department of Environmental Conservation incident report.

[Read more at Shipwreck photo gallery]

Steve Ebbert | Posted 12.11.04 at 1:31 am

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